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Sitting still in the dark I gV

HILARY KNIGHT ------

TO continue with the recreations of young people . . . This week I want to talk about the cinema.

It is very seldom that one hears anyone saying: " I don't like the cinema "—because. for one thing, films are so varied that such a remark would he an absurd generalisation. like " I don't like books ".

Unless. of course, you simply hate sitting still in the dark for two or three hours on end—in which case the remark would be perfectly valid. But I think it is a safe bet that most of you enjoy the cinema. and go to Mins whether or not you have the television at home.

I'VE NO TV

PERHAPS I should take the opportunity 01 saying here that it will not be possible for me to talk about the television in my weekly columns. because I don't possess a , see I heartily agreed with some of Frances Ash's remarks about Itelevision last week. I do find that a viewing habit in some of my friends (I might almost say a viewing obsession) runs the risk of alienating me from them, or them from me. When I go to see my friends in the evening, to have a good chat and catch up with our news, and find that they can't unrivet their eyes from their television sets, I do feel offended and this prejudices me against the whole invention (except for the sick and the lonely).

So I shall have to rely on you. my readers. to write about the television in this column. -When you see a programme that has impressed you, perhaps you would write and tell me about it. and in that way every now and again we shall be able to have, through you, a retrospective survey of the I.T.V. and B.B.C. programmes.

But I am, and always have been, an enthusiastic film-goer. There are. however. certain sorts of film that I cannot endure and, since films of this sort are constantly heing made, I think that you young people must enjoy them (because naturally the film companies make the kind of films that they think will appeal to their public).

'HORROR' FILMS

MY first bugbear is the "horror" film films about fiends and outsize gorillas and bloodthirsty Draculas and other grotesque and gruesome creatures that do grotesque and gruesome things. I should love to know why you enjoy these " horror " films. if you do. Is it that they are " exciting " and that

You won't have seen this picture unless e ou are over 18 years old because it has an "X" certificate. But it is a gruesome scene from "The Fly". In the course of a scientific experiment the limbs of a man hecome mixed aith those of a fly. In this picture he has a fly's head and hand.... Do sou care for this kind of thing? Whether the answer is "yes" or "no" let me knoie—and give your reasons,

of course, you enjoy being " excited in this way? Again, if so, why?

My next bugbear is the noisy, crude war film. Sonic war films, such as " The Bridge. on the River Kwai". I enjoy enormously, because they contain interesting psychological situations. But war films that consist of ear-splitting aeroplanes and interminable machine-gun fire I find on the whole dull.

By the way, by "war films" I do not mean only films about the great world wars: quite often there are American films about small local wars that consist of nothing but shooting and noise and bodies crumpling up. In real life this is ghastly. Why do you enjoy watching it on the screen, if you doVls it because. again, you find it " exciting"? And what exactly do you mean by " exciting "? Do you mean that death is always just round the corner?

VIOLENCE

I IMAGINE that when I ask questions like these—which, to me. are very serious questions— my male readers have quite different answers to my female readers. If boys have to have, by their very nature. a certain amount of vio knee in their lives. ot course it is much better to enjoy it vicariously in films than actually in real life. But I have a feeling that this

either/or " does not dovetailas simply as that in fact. 1 should like to have your views.

What are films? They are stories told by means of motion pictures. And however important the means of telling a story are (in the case of films. the photography, the scenario. the direction, the acting and so on) the sheer story remains the most important ingredient of the film.

I personally like a story to be true to life always assuming that it is a story about life—with situations that carry conviction and people possessing recognisable characteristics. I hate, for instance, the type of Western film in which earth-shattering all-in fights take place and everyone delivers knockout blows to everyone else. and yet no one ever seems to get knocked out—up they always get again: whereas in real life they would all have died at least live times. The situation ceases to be real and therefore is just boring.

ENTHUSIASTIC

CIF course if a film " is meant to be fantastic, anti at one or two removes from life as we know it, then unreality doesn't matter.

But in spite of all my carping criticisms 1 ant, as I said before, an enthusiastic film-goer—which only shows that there must be a lot of films that suit me down to the ground . N.B.: Mind you remember to answer my questions! .

Next week we shall talk about listening to music—every kind of music.

IN YOUR GARDEN

Fruit Trees

DRY sunny days this autumn have been so few and far between that it has been a rush to get through with all the garden jobs crying out for completion. One of these is the harvesting of fruit. Apples, with the exception of late keepers ought to he picked now.

Storing is always a problem, but cookers can be stored in boxes if each apple is wrapped in paper so that there is no fear of them bruising eaoh other. These will keop for a considerable time if the boxes are put into holes dug in the garden and lined with straw, with a layer of straw and then one of soil on top.

Old fruit trees benefit from having the surrounding soil asraped assay from the base of the trunk to a depth of about three inches anti the space filled up with good rich earth . All dead branches should be cut assay. and grease bands put now on to all the trees.

New fruit trees can be planted during the next few weeks. If they arrive before you are ready to plant them. heel them in at once. as if the roots are left exposed a sudden frost may kill them.

Young fruit trees ought not to be planted in too rich a soil, as this induces too much growth and the tree beans little or no fruit: and for the first year or two the gram round a newly-planted orchard 4Te4 should he kept dose's

cut. LW




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